Bill KirbyOnline news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Your summer travels are in the cards

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The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.

– Douglas Horton

We’re heading into the postcard home stretch with only a few weeks left before our Labor Day deadline to get one from all 50 states.

As usual, our travelers are keeping us informed.

Cindy and Gary Cauthen, of North Augusta, were “enjoying Williamsburg and took an interesting day trip to Smithfield, Va. – Ham Capital of the World! Also home of the oldest church of English origin and only surviving original Gothic building in America – Beautiful!”

Bonnie and Herbert Morris, Brantley, Jason, Baylee and Braden were in Sanibel Island, Fla., “on a beautiful tropical island with lush vegetation and unusual and interesting palm trees. ... rare shells ... Such a pretty place!!”

Sandra and Shirley Johnson were in Charlotte, N.C. Joe Nozzolio sent a very cool “vintage” card from the Poconos of Pennsylvania. Charlotte Bickley was in Louisiana “with family and friends, eating gumbo, red beans and rice.”

Runette Herrmann, of Millen, Ga., was in Buffalo, N.Y., at a family reunion. Donna Conrad and family found “beautiful country” and a beautiful postcard at Yellowstone National Park. She also sent a funny card from Montana with a “cow tipping” sign.

John and Rhy Stoddard sent big card from Key West, Fla., praising its outstanding restaurants and sunset. And Gwen was visiting her Indiana hometown of Mishawaka along the St. Joseph River.

TODAY’S JOKE: I believe Billy Cooper, of North Augusta, sent in this one.

“Do you drink beer?” a disapproving woman asked a male co-worker.

“Yes,” the man said.

“How many a day?” she asked.

“Usually about three,” he said.

“How much do you pay per beer?”

“About $5,” the man said. “That includes the tip.”

“Well,” said the woman, “how long have you been drinking?”

“Twenty years, I suppose,” the man answered.

“So ,” the woman said. “A beer costs $5 and you have three a day, which puts your spending each month at $450. In one year, it would be approximately $5,400.

“Now, if in one year you spend $5,400, not accounting for inflation, the past 20 years puts your spending at $108,000.”

“If you say so,” the man said.

“OK,” the woman said triumphantly. “Do you know that if you didn’t drink so much beer, that money could have been put in an interest savings account and after accounting for compound interest for the past 20 years, you could have now bought a Ferrari?

The man was quiet for a moment, but staring intently at her when he asked, “Do you drink beer?”

“No,” the woman said smugly.

“OK,’’ said the man. “Where’s your Ferrari?”

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